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Date Posted: 15:11:41 05/12/08 Mon
In reply to: Leon Rollins 's message, "question" on 16:14:47 05/11/08 Sun
This is a good question.
2Kings 2:23-24 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tore forty and two children of them.
First we must understand the office that Elisha held. He was a prophet of Jehovah. He proclaimed God's message. He carried Elijah's mantle, which he had just received. It is interesting that the Bible says, "he looked on them..." The prophet of God was to be given respect, not only for being an elder of the children but also for being the prophet of the Living God. Clearly the children were mocking, disrespectful of an elder but moreover they did not fear God. Ungodly children grow up to be ungodly adults. This verse illustrates the severity of mocking the prophet of the Lord and the harsh punishment that resulted under the Old Covenant.
Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The Lord's approval was upon Elisha's actions, as evidenced by the immediate punishment that resulted from the children being cursed.
Regarding Luke 9:55, the disciples, James and John, were referring to Elijah, not Elisha, found in 2Kings 1:10:
And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
I pray this answer helps.
>I AM A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT 2KINGS 2;23&24 I DONT
>UNDERSTAND WHY ELISHA CURSED THE CHILDREN FOR CALLING
>HIM BALDHEAD AND WHY WERE THE CHILDREN KILLED BY TWO
>SHE BEARS?IS THIS WHY JESUS REBUKED JAMES AND JOHN
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